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ARCHIVE - 10 December 2012

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Business

Bulgarian-Italian Tie-In Most Likely to Win Tender for Lot 2 of Struma Highway
Bureaucracy Top Problem for Bulgarian Companies in 2012
Bulgarian NGO Calls for Abolishing Dividend Tax, Reducing Sole Trader Tax
Bulgaria's Exports to EU Slightly Down in Jan-Sept 2012
Bulgaria Sees 11% Increase in Exports to Non-EU Countries Jan-Oct 2012
Bulgaria Registers BGN 128 M Budget Deficit in Jan-Nov 2012
Bulgaria's Gas Supplier Requests 9.3% Price Cut for Q1, 2013
Chinese Investors to Set Up 3 Bus Plants in Bulgaria - EconMin

Politics

Bulgarian PM Embarks on 'Nobel Prize' Trip to Oslo
Borisov 'Shocks' Dutch PM by Texting during Nobel Prize Ceremony
EU Foreign Ministers Meet Syrian Opposition Head
EU Chiefs Receive Union's Nobel Peace Prize
Bulgaria's Conflict of Interest Commission Probes 3 Acting Ministers
Bulgarian Top Cop Bashes President over Chief Prosecutor Comment
Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Runners Brace for Ethics Hearing

Society

Shanghai Allows 72-Hour Visa-Free Stay for Bulgarian Transit Travelers
Bulgarian NGO to Bestow 'Human of the Year' Award
Jose Carreras to Delight Sofia Audience on Monday
Bulgarian Health Minister Reiterates Anti-Smoking Stance

Sports

Qatari Investors Interested in Plovdiv Stadium in SW Bulgaria

Crime

Bulgarian Police Bust Illegal Tobacco Factory near Kostinbrod
Supreme Court Upholds Suspended Sentence for Ex Sofia Prosecutor
Vault of DSK Bank in Sofia Raided Overnight

World

Putin Too Denies Russian Plans to Revive Soviet Union
Georgia's New Leadership Not to Give Up on NATO over Russia
Germany Trade Surplus Contracts in October
North Korea Set to Delay Rocket Launch
Plane Crashes in Mexico, Renowned Singer among Casualties
Rulers Emerge Victorious in Crucial Romanian Vote

Business

Bulgarian-Italian Tie-In Most Likely to Win Tender for Lot 2 of Struma Highway

A Bulgarian-Italian tie-in will most likely win the tender to design and build Lot 2 of the Struma Highway connecting the cities of Dupnitsa and Blagoevgrad.

Business | December 10, 2012, Monday // 17:50

Bureaucracy Top Problem for Bulgarian Companies in 2012

Inefficient administrative services were the biggest problem for businesses in Bulgaria in 2012, according to a survey of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI).

Business | December 10, 2012, Monday // 16:59

Bulgarian NGO Calls for Abolishing Dividend Tax, Reducing Sole Trader Tax

The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has proposed abolishing dividend tax and reducing the tax rate for sole traders from the current 15% to 10%.

Business | December 10, 2012, Monday // 16:11

Bulgaria's Exports to EU Slightly Down in Jan-Sept 2012

Bulgaria's exports to the rest of the EU decreased by 2.6% in the period January-September 2012 compared to the corresponding period of the previous year and amounted to BGN 17.8 B.

Business | December 10, 2012, Monday // 13:23

Bulgaria Sees 11% Increase in Exports to Non-EU Countries Jan-Oct 2012

Bulgaria's exports to non-EU countries increased by 11.1% in the period January-October 2012 compared to the corresponding period of the previous year and amounted to BGN 13.9 B.

Business | December 10, 2012, Monday // 12:54

Bulgaria Registers BGN 128 M Budget Deficit in Jan-Nov 2012

Bulgaria's state budget has accrued a budget deficit of BGN 128 M in the first eleven months of 2012, according to preliminary data of the Finance Ministry released Monday.

Business » Finance | December 10, 2012, Monday // 17:53

Bulgaria's Gas Supplier Requests 9.3% Price Cut for Q1, 2013

State-owned gas supplier Bulgargaz has requested a reduction of 9.

Business » Energy | December 10, 2012, Monday // 15:11

Chinese Investors to Set Up 3 Bus Plants in Bulgaria - EconMin

Chinese investors are planning to build three factories for the production of buses in Bulgaria, Bulgarian Economy Minister Delyan Dobrev revealed Monday

Business » Industry | December 10, 2012, Monday // 18:40

Politics

Bulgarian PM Embarks on 'Nobel Prize' Trip to Oslo

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will be on an official two-day visit to Norway on Monday and Tuesday, the government's press office has announced.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 10, 2012, Monday // 09:06

Borisov 'Shocks' Dutch PM by Texting during Nobel Prize Ceremony

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is reported to have "shocked" his counterpart from the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, by sending SMS Text Messages during the 2012 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 10, 2012, Monday // 19:14

EU Foreign Ministers Meet Syrian Opposition Head

EU foreign ministers have met the head of the newly formed Syrian opposition coalition which several believe should be recognized as the legitimate replacement for President Bashar al-Assad.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 10, 2012, Monday // 18:20

EU Chiefs Receive Union's Nobel Peace Prize

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Parliament President Martin Schulz have received the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on behalf of 500 million Europeans.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 10, 2012, Monday // 15:59

Bulgaria's Conflict of Interest Commission Probes 3 Acting Ministers

Bulgaria's Commission for Prevention and Ascertainment of Conflict of Interest has received tip-offs and launched investigations against three acting ministers and one former minister.

Politics » Domestic | December 10, 2012, Monday // 18:47

Bulgarian Top Cop Bashes President over Chief Prosecutor Comment

Bulgarian Interior Minister has controversially described the presidential institution in the country as "merely formal", saying that nothing depends on President Rosen Plevneliev.

Politics » Domestic | December 10, 2012, Monday // 11:38

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Runners Brace for Ethics Hearing

The Ethics Commission for Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council will hold a hearing Monday of the three candidates for the country's next Chief Prosecutor.

Politics » Domestic | December 10, 2012, Monday // 08:40

Society

Shanghai Allows 72-Hour Visa-Free Stay for Bulgarian Transit Travelers

Shanghai will allow transit passengers from Bulgaria and 44 other countries to stay in the city for up to 72 hours without a visa.

Society | December 10, 2012, Monday // 10:43

Bulgarian NGO to Bestow 'Human of the Year' Award

The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, a human rights NGO, will announce and bestow its annual Human of the Year award on Monday.

Society | December 10, 2012, Monday // 09:36

Jose Carreras to Delight Sofia Audience on Monday

Prominent tenor Jose Carreras will have a concert in Bulgaria's capital Sofia on Monday.

Society » Culture | December 10, 2012, Monday // 14:47

Bulgarian Health Minister Reiterates Anti-Smoking Stance

Bulgarian Health Minister Desislava Atanasova has reiterated her firm stance against the potential lifting of the full smoking ban in closed public spaces that was imposed in the country in June.

Society » Health | December 10, 2012, Monday // 13:55

Sports

Qatari Investors Interested in Plovdiv Stadium in SW Bulgaria

Qatari investors have shown interest in the reconstruction of the "Plovdiv" stadium and in the renovation of the existing sports infrastructure in Bulgaria's second biggest city, according to Georgi Tityukov, Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv.

Sports | December 10, 2012, Monday // 19:50

Crime

Bulgarian Police Bust Illegal Tobacco Factory near Kostinbrod

Bulgarian police have busted an illegal tobacco factory near the western town of Kostinbrod.

Crime | December 10, 2012, Monday // 20:54

Supreme Court Upholds Suspended Sentence for Ex Sofia Prosecutor

Bulgaria's Supreme Court of Cassation (VKS) has upheld the one-year suspended sentence with 3 months of probation of Slavcho Karzhev, former head of the Sofia Regional Prosecutor's Office.

Crime | December 10, 2012, Monday // 18:11

Vault of DSK Bank in Sofia Raided Overnight

A vault of DSK Bank (formerly Darzhavna spestovna kasa, State Savings Bank) in the Krasno Selo residential district of Sofia has been broken into.

Crime | December 10, 2012, Monday // 14:31

World

Putin Too Denies Russian Plans to Revive Soviet Union

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the view that Russia's integration with post-Soviet states is part of a "re-Sovietization" program.

World | December 10, 2012, Monday // 18:58

Georgia's New Leadership Not to Give Up on NATO over Russia

Georgia will not trade away future membership of NATO in order to secure improved relations with Russia, Zviad Dzidziguri, a representative of the Georgian Dream coalition which won the country's parliamentary elections in October 2012, said on Monday.

World | December 10, 2012, Monday // 15:11

Germany Trade Surplus Contracts in October

Germany's trade surplus dwindled in October as imports grew faster than exports, official data showed on Monday.

World | December 10, 2012, Monday // 13:28

North Korea Set to Delay Rocket Launch

North Korea has extended the launch window for its latest rocket test to December 29, according to a report in North Korean state media.

World | December 10, 2012, Monday // 12:26

Plane Crashes in Mexico, Renowned Singer among Casualties

Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera is feared dead, as the small plane she was traveling in with at least five others crashed in the mountains in northern Mexico.

World | December 10, 2012, Monday // 10:05

Rulers Emerge Victorious in Crucial Romanian Vote

Romania's center-left government won a clear victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, exit polls show.

World | December 10, 2012, Monday // 08:11
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